WESTFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – The End Common Core group of Massachusetts wants to do away with using Common Core standards and their trying to bring it to the voters for 2016.
Sandra Stotsky the former deputy commissioner of education in Massachusetts, is credited for developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students, isn’t a fan of the test.
“All groups did better with their previous standards. PARCC has no track record at all. And common core standards have so many flaws, that all it will do is lower the academic level for all students.” While serving on the validation committee for the Common Core in 2009 and 2010, Stotsky refused to sign off on the standards.
Massachusetts has been giving PARCC, which is aligned with Federal Common Core standards, a trial run for the past two years in some communities. Treasurer Bill Gillmeister of End Common Core says, “We are now going to adopt lower standards and we’re going to spend lots of money to adopt lower standards and that doesn’t make any sense to me.” Gillmeister telling 22News, the state has spent millions investing into Common Core and he feels its a waste of money.
The board will vote next month on whether to replace MCAS with PARCC. Mary of Westfield, a former teacher, told 22News she’s heard mixed reviews about the test and came to Thursday’s meeting for more information. “I’ve heard a lot of talk about it, but I have nieces and nephews who have kids in school and they were not too impressed with it.”
Volunteers have until November 18th to collect 66,000 signatures to put a question on the 2016 statewide ballot. They’re mission is to end Common Core and PARCC testing in Massachusetts.
Currently, Forty-two of the fifty U.S. states, including Massachusetts and the District of Columbia are members of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.